Miss­ing for three weeks

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - JACK FLETCHER

The fam­ily of a Toko­roa woman who has been miss­ing for more than three weeks say it is un­usual for her to be out of con­tact for so long.

Po­lice are search­ing for Shel­ley Crooks, 36, who was last seen in Pu­nakaiki on the West Coast on De­cem­ber 22, 2016.

Crooks, a mother of four, had told a friend she was hitch­hik­ing to Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, where she is orig­i­nally from, po­lice said.

Speak­ing from Opotiki, Shel­ley Crooks’ fa­ther John Crooks said his daugh­ter en­joyed tramp­ing and hunting and was ca­pa­ble of liv­ing with­out elec­tric­ity.

‘‘We’ve al­ways been out­door peo­ple our­selves, hunting, fish­ing, Shel­ley is a com­pe­tent food gath­erer, diver and she has lived with­out power as well so she does have that skill level.

‘‘She could very well still be in the bush but we just don’t know.’’

He was con­cerned she had not used her bank ac­count or phone for three weeks.

It was un­usual for her to be com­pletely out of touch John Crooks said.

‘‘All my chil­dren are on so­cial me­dia and us­ing all their ac­counts, try­ing to do what we can to lo­cate her and we’re hop­ing she is well and on a tramp or a trek.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Sergeant Michel Bloom on 03 768 1600 or email michel.bloom@po­lice.govt.nz.


Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in lo­cat­ing Shel­ley Crooks, who has been miss­ing since De­cem­ber 22.

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